Little Rock to Fayetteville: An Open Conversation About Collective Liberation with Omni Center

Members of the recently formed group Little Rock Collective Liberation will be visiting the Omni Center for Peace Justice and Ecology this coming Sunday to have a roundtable conversation about the larger concepts of collective liberation and the importance of building locally-based movements that work across wedge issues. Anyone interested in anti-racist work and building
Category: Arkansas

Fighting Racism in Arkansas: Get Equipped with Organizer Chris Crass

We are very excited to be working in partnership with the newly formed Little Rock Collective Liberation group to bring Nashville-based author and organizer Chris Crass to Arkansas for a series of events engaging participants in anti-racist training and discussions about what it means to work together across wedge issues (see full list of events
Category: Arkansas

Community, Youth, and Barbecue Sauce

This piece was written in partnership with ABOUT the River Valley magazine and the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action. You can view the original article here.  We write a feature piece each month for ABOUT the River Valley. Want to subscribe to this magazine? Go here.  Your subscription helps support our work! The River Valley Progressive Men’s
Category: ABOUT the River Valley

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

In the last column I discussed the recent publication Muzzled Oxen: Reaping Cotton and Sowing Hope in 1920s Arkansas. I promised a series of columns on that book, and I’ll be picking back up with those in the following weeks. But this week I’d like to call attention to a film that will be available
Category: African American History

Holding on to Heritage: The Oates’s Century Farm

  This story originally ran in the May issue of ABOUT the River Valley magazine in partnership with the Boiled Down Juice and McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action.  Jean and Charles Oates live in Pottsville on large patch of farm land that’s been in Charles’s family since his ancestors first arrived from Gastonia, North
Category: ABOUT the River Valley

Working Girl Blues and Coal Tattoos: Women in Labor Unions in the 1970s

Written by contributor Audra Butler, this post is taken from a larger essay on women’s involvement in the American labor movement of the 1970s. “Though most of us think of the urban and pink collar organization during that decade,” writes Butler, “Appalachian women also organized and fought for better jobs and higher wages.”  She provides this
Category: Folklife

Vulnerable and Sturdy: Why Yarrow is Amazing

  The Backyard Living column is a regular feature in ABOUT the River Valley magazine and a partnership between this site, A View from the Backroads, and the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action. This column originally ran in the June issue ofABOUT the River Valley Magazine.  All columns in this series are written by Meredith Martin-Moats.
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Muzzled Oxen: Reaping Cotton and Sowing Hope in 1920s Arkansas, Part 1

A recent book published by Butler Center Books, the publishing arm of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, examines life in the Yell County cotton fields in the 1920s. Written by the late Genevieve Grant Sadler, Muzzled Oxen: Reaping Cotton and Sowing Hope in 1920s Arkansas is a captivating memoir drawn from letters Sadler wrote
Category: Arkansas

Parenting Resources and Birth Options (Partnership piece with the McElroy House)

This story originally ran in the May issue of ABOUT the River Valley magazine in partnership with the Boiled Down Juice and McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action.  In many ways becoming a new parent (or even becoming a parent for the third, fourth, or fifth time) can feel like navigating a complicated maze.
Category: ABOUT the River Valley

Decoration Days in Yell County 2014

May is the month of Decoration Days, the time of year when people from around the area visit area cemeteries to tend to the graves and decorate their loved one’s resting places with vibrant flowers. For many people Decoration Day was this past weekend, Mother’s Day. For others Decoration Day takes place this weekend or
Category: Arkansas